Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Dorchester School District Two has named Robert W. Folkman, Jr. as Capital Improvement Facilitator to oversee the $179 million building program approved by voters in November. He will work directly for the school district in coordinating the construction projects for four new schools and major renovations and additions at a number of existing schools.
Since 2009, Folkman has worked for the Pickens County School District as Building Program Administrator. In this role, he managed a $374 million dollar building program that included seven new schools and major renovations and additions at several other schools. Under his supervision, the building program in Pickens County has been on schedule and within the budget. In addition to vast experience in school construction, Folkman has worked in commercial construction in both the Carolinas. Having worked in the construction industry since 1971, he is knowledgeable and has experience in all aspects of construction operations. A graduate of Clemson University, Folkman is also a certified instructor in project supervision. He joined the district on a part time basis this month and will begin working full time in September. “I am honored to have the opportunity to be a part of this building program to provide much needed schools for the students in Dorchester District Two,” commented Folkman on his new position with the district. “With the experiences I have had and the things I have learned working with the building program in Pickens Country School District, I hope that the results will be equal or even better than what was achieved in that district.”
Belinda Cagle will also join DD2 as Construction Project Manager to assist in the management of the building program. She comes to the position with extensive experience in construction management for major builders in the Charlotte, North Carolina area. Her most recent position has been as Project Executive with Stantec Consulting Inc. that is based in Alberta, Canada. Much of Cagle’s construction management background has involved building projects for medical facilities and for public and private schools. Her involvement in projects has included a wide spectrum of responsibilities from the design process and budget oversight to the creation and management of construction schedules. Cagle graduated from East Carolina University with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology with a concentration in construction management. She will begin work in April.
Superintendent Joe Pye commented that he is pleased to have such qualified individuals managing the building program to represent the school district’s interest, ensuring that the projects come in on time and within the budget. The district has used a similar management process in the construction of the newest district school, Joseph R. Pye Elementary School, with great success.
“Now that we have a vision and funding to construct four news schools and to improve existing ones, we quickly realized that it was necessary to have qualified persons on staff to manage the multiple construction projects in a timely and prudent way on behalf of the district and the community,” Pye noted.